These 10 Foods Are Most Likely to Cause Food Poisoning

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Raw or undercooked poultry:

Such as chicken or turkey can harbor harmful bacteria like Salmonella and Campylobacter.

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Raw or undercooked eggs:

May contain Salmonella bacteria, especially if they are not properly handled or cooked.

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Raw sprouts:

Like alfalfa, clover, or bean sprouts, which can become contaminated during growth and can harbor bacteria like E. coli or Salmonella.

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Unpasteurized dairy products:

Such as raw milk or cheese made from raw milk, which can contain harmful bacteria like Listeria, E. coli, and Salmonella.

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Raw or undercooked shellfish:

Such as oysters, clams, and mussels, which can carry viruses, bacteria, and parasites that cause food poisoning.

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Unwashed fruits and vegetables:

Can be contaminated with harmful bacteria or parasites from the soil, water, or handling.

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Deli meats and hot dogs:

Can harbor Listeria bacteria, especially if they are not stored properly or if they are consumed without reheating.

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Uncooked or undercooked rice:

Can contain Bacillus cereus spores, which can survive cooking and produce toxins that cause food poisoning if the rice is left at room temperature for too long.

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Raw fish:

Especially sushi or sashimi, can contain parasites or bacteria like Vibrio, which can cause food poisoning if not properly handled or stored.

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Prepared salads:

Such as potato salad, egg salad, or chicken salad, which can become contaminated with harmful bacteria like Salmonella or Listeria if they are not stored or handled properly.

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